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#1 Sunstar

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Posted 19 April 2009 - 05:48 PM


I realise having three betta in a 2.5 is scrunched, for now it's is a stop gap until such time as I can get more 2.5 gallons to take each betta.

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Plastic canvas 7 Mesh - $0.69 from Michael's
Slide grip report covers - package of 6 from Staples $2.69(approx.)




I am simply using this to divide a filtered 2.5 gallon betta tank so that the tank can remain with water flow. It has a filter.

Easy for me as I have a sheet of glass to divide the tank to use as a template.

First of all, cut the plastic canvas to the desired size. I would check it for mold bumps that might snare delicate tails. Trim off the remaining stubble and test fit. This is your divider. Please note how flexable it is... next step shores it up.

Take the slide grips from the report cover package. You will need two per divider. So you can get three out of the package.



Slide the grip along the "tall" edge of the divider and stop until it is two mesh holes from the top. Since I am using the 2.5 gallon perfecto tank, it has a groove for the glass. This groove still is used. With the glass, there is space between the divider and tank wall. When I am done, there won't be this space. Cut the slide down to size and reserve the scraps. Put slide on the canvas and take it to the tank.





Once at the tank, put the newly created divider right to the bottom. The top of the canvas should be flush with the top of the tank. The slides should be butted right against the glass. Flex it a little until the top gets caught in the little peg that helps hold the glass" wiggle it until it is straight and take the piece you reserved and place it over the top edge to shore that up.



This is great for small tanks with filtration that you want to divide. It permits waterflow and keeps the betta girls from biting each other.



Using the Plastic canvas, you can easily make a lid for the tank that provides air and light and easy to cut holes for airlines and heaters. I strongly recommend you use clear plastic for the lid.



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Posted 19 April 2009 - 05:57 PM

I've been forced to divide a 1 gallon critter keeper in two before so I know what a pain it is to just do the best you can for the moment. Good job with your dividers.

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Posted 19 April 2009 - 06:23 PM

This is a nice guide! Good pics!

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 12:00 AM

thanks!!

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 12:33 PM

I do hope it comes in handy. It does seem to help my crampped situation.

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 03:56 PM

You make it look so simple. If only I could find those report covers, no Staples here and they don't have them at WallyWorld.

Edited by misti starr, 21 April 2009 - 03:58 PM.


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Posted 22 April 2009 - 03:18 PM

does anyone know where to buy plastic mesh? I'm from NY and I don't think there's a michael's around here. I tried looking it on staples site, couldn't really find what I needed :\

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 04:52 PM

QUOTE (hottandcoldd @ Apr 22 2009, 05:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
does anyone know where to buy plastic mesh? I'm from NY and I don't think there's a michael's around here. I tried looking it on staples site, couldn't really find what I needed :\

They have it in the craft section of most Walmarts. You could try there.

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 04:55 PM

QUOTE (hottandcoldd @ Apr 22 2009, 03:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
does anyone know where to buy plastic mesh? I'm from NY and I don't think there's a michael's around here. I tried looking it on staples site, couldn't really find what I needed :\


Try any craft store, even walmart might have it where they keep their sewing stuff.

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 09:58 PM

It's pretty basic stuff.

Even a walmart, or kmart or something. check the stationary section for report covers and craft section for plastic canvas.


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Posted 24 April 2009 - 11:05 PM

That's so crafty! Bravo.. I feel so foolish now after trying to slice plexi-glass with a knife, karate chopping at the seam, messing up, having to go buy new plexi glass, slice and chop again... only to find my girl was a crazy high jumper and thought the grass was always greener on the other side of the plexi-glass.

I forgot all about that plastic mesh.. that brings back childhood memories. You've inspired me so I think I'm gonna go buy some this weekend

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 09:00 AM

Looks great! I'm going to have to try this out for my girls tank.




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